Greta Thunberg observed that the vast majority of people she talks to agree entirely with what she says and then carry on as normal.
Supporting the Environment
Rotary’s 7th Area of Focus
Government declared Climate Change Emergency is real and now:
Since 2016 –
Climate emergency declarations have been made by 1400 local governments in 28
2018 – UN declares plastic pollution a global crisis.
– UN Climate Action Summit – “1.5 degrees C is the socially, economically
politically and scientifically safe limit to global warming by the end of this
century”. A deadline set for achieving net zero emissions to 2050.
As leaders in our communities and with the recognition of ‘Supporting
the Environment’ as the seventh Rotary Area of Focus, we must do more.
increased focus on the Environment by Rotary International announced at the
outset of this Rotary year has necessitated the adoption of an interim position.
Chris Davies (RC Kimbolton
Castle) is the District Environmental Officer.
Read the discussion document for what District 1070 might do for the Environment written by David George in 2019.
Meeting monthly with a dynamic membership dependent on current
projects and priorities is the District Environment Committee:
Chris Davies, Bill Hill, David George,
John Rowlatt, Joel Weaver and Phil Morley
Meeting every two months are the
Club Environment Leads, 32 have come forward to date along with the Environment
Three times a year, the wider Environment Support Group,
up to 40 additional members who have expressed a desire to support initiatives
to improve the Environment are also invited to the join the meeting with the
Club Environment Leads In September, January and May.
Priorities 2020/21 (many carried forward for continuation from last year)
Lead change by example wherever and whenever we can adopting and adapting to,
sustainable lifestyles with the long term in mind.
2021 square metres of
rewilding by June 30th 2021, in District 1070
Plant at least one tree in a public
space per club
Infuse consideration of the Environment across all Rotary
projects, activities and committees.
Use a Green Spot in meetings/newsletters
and ‘How Green is my Tally’ activity to educate and gently berate. Appoint an
Environment Officer and/or Committee and decide on a plan.
Build on our
enhanced awareness of the natural world to improve mental health, encourage
interest in our environment, visits, debates, poetry.
Focus on the whole
Ecosystem. Long term plan DARWIN (District Acre Re-Wilding Initiative.
can this be done?
Continue with the District Project – Return a rewilding
figure per club updated periodically. Rewild – 2021 square metres by the end of
Plant trees, one per club minimum in a public space. Figures to
Stop mowing lawns, or if you have to, use a 4” cut for large swathes.
Build on our enhanced awareness of the Natural world to encourage interest in
our environment, visits to farms, open gardens, wildflower meadows, WhatsApp
Environment Group etc
Change behaviours, individually, collectively and as
leaders in our community, that damage our environment.
Add a Green Spot to
your Rotary meetings and/or Newsletters/Facebook. Include what members have
done since the last meeting and ideas to try. Trickle feed ideas through Chris
for the District magazine.
Coalesce litter picking initiatives into the same
date across population centres to coincide with the National Great British
Spring Clean week.
Poetry – Each opportunity you get
or preferably eliminate single use plastics
Advocate: Reduce, Repair, Reuse,
Work with schools to encourage ponds/trees/wildflower gardens. Chair
or contribute to, school ‘Sustainability
Boards’ – listen to ideas and help make them happen.
Reduce unnecessary and
Participate in Rotary initiatives
Support the Young
Polio – Plant crocuses
Plastic Oceans – UK – Support Joel Weaver and Karl
Flowers in this ground breaking project.
Next batch of clubs targeted to join
in March 2021
Rewilding project – David George
Ensure some of your club
funds go towards green charities
Invite Environmental speakers to club
Sustainable Living I
& II – Presentations by Chris Davies & Eric Moore, David George, also,
is happy to deliver his
How Green is my Tally? Chris will have ready by October
retain a number of Zoom or equivalent meetings
Reduce our meat intake
Finally: Stop and Think, Compare & Decide & Act Now
Contact Chris Davies about this page:
Our Environment pages:
Rotary Spring Clean
more AS you all know the state of our country is a big problem, local councils do not seem to want to spend what little money they have left in their coffers. Volunteers like Rotary have taken up the baton in many clubs.
more Read details of a past competition and see details of a new District Competition